Having survived the February 14th mass shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — an attack that took 17 lives — 17-year-old David Hogg and an outspoken group of his fellow classmates have since led a nationwide movement calling for stricter gun laws. The student team has shown they are unafraid of NRA-funded and complacent lawmakers. And personally, Hogg has been calling politicians out on Twitter who are questioning the validity of the students and their movement.
After the Parkland survivors led the March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. on March 24th, Iowa Republican Steve King critiqued the protester’s ideology via Twitter. He wrote, “If you are a teenager & believe you won’t be responsible enough to own a gun until 21, why should you vote before 21?”
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time Hogg had to respond to King’s backlash against the teen activists via social media.
On Sunday, the day after the March for Our Lives, King’s camp shared an attack meme that drew attention to Hogg’s fellow student leader Emma González and the Cuban flag patch she has stitched to her jacket. The meme draws a connection between the current American gun control fight and Cuba’s tumultuous political history.
Hogg wasn’t going to let King personally attack González and belittle the group’s message. He even brought Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio into the equation.
Rubio has previously faltered on his response to the Parkland shootings and the student outcry, and Hogg isn’t afraid to remind him of that.
Hogg has also recently called out former Republican Senator Rick Santorum after Santorum stated on CNN that students should learn how to better handle active shooter situations — like take CPR classes — rather than “looking to someone else to solve their problem.”
Politicians can no longer scare us into silence.We stand with Hogg and students everywhere fighting for change.